2018 Fairlady Santam Women of the Future Awards' winners
2018 Fairlady Santam Women of the Future Awards' winners

Fairlady magazine announced the winners of the annual Fairlady Santam Women of the Future Awards at Summer Place in Hyde Park on Friday, 17 August.

1 day ago

The NU29 project was commissioned in 2014 to benefit poor families in the metro. Construction was abandoned halfway, leaving many unfinished flats. Photo: Joseph Chirume
National government to "go after" housing officials, blacklist contractors for rotten buildings

The Department of Human Settlements earlier this week said it will be taking legal action against officials across the country who oversaw the construction of poor houses. It cited the construction of 162 duplex flats in Port Elizabeth, which were poorly built and have to be demolished.

By Joseph Chirume 2 days ago

Western Cape dam levels continue to rise
Western Cape dam levels continue to rise

While the country has seen a decrease in dam levels in the past week, the Western Cape continues to benefit from winter rains.

2 days ago

2018 ITC-SA Timber Engineered Product Awards winners announced
2018 ITC-SA Timber Engineered Product Awards winners announced

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) recently hosted its Annual Timber Engineered Product Awards in Cape Town. The event showcased and rewarded excellence in the timber construction trade.

3 days ago

SA needs youth home-building plan
SA needs youth home-building plan

The latest available figures from StatsSA show that there are about 3.3-million South Africans aged 15 to 24 who are not currently in education, training or employment, and about 3.9-million South Africans aged 25 to 34 who are unemployed.

By Berry Everitt 3 days ago

Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay
Genoa bridge collapse: maintaining these structures is a constant battle against traffic and decay

As rescue workers look for survivors in the concrete rubble that used to be part of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italian authorities are starting their investigation into the possible causes behind this terrible tragedy.

By Marios Chryssanthopoulos 3 days ago

Mutualpark office launches waste-to-drinking water filtration plant
Mutualpark office launches waste-to-drinking water filtration plant

Old Mutual's Mutualpark office in Pinelands, Cape Town recently launched the first corporate-based waste-to-drinking water filtration plant in the country. The 166,000m2 office, currently accommodating more than 9,000 employees and contractors, is now operating off the water grid.

3 days ago

Sub-Saharan Africa construction sector shaken up by changes in government
Sub-Saharan Africa construction sector shaken up by changes in government

Mace has released a new report providing its latest tender cost update for Sub-Saharan Africa. The report shows swiftly diverging fortunes for South Africa and Kenya, as changes in the political context drive the markets in different directions.

15 Aug 2018

L-R: Hlologelo Manthose, Frankie A'Bear, Jabulile Nhlapo, and Karen King
Collaboration key to building for the future - WSP #womeninSTEM

If the African vision of Agenda 2063 for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa is to be achieved, enablement through sustainable built environment intervention will be an important contributor.

14 Aug 2018

Robin Falck built this zero-emissions cabin that can be installed anywhere
Robin Falck built this zero-emissions cabin that can be installed anywhere

Finnish designer Robin Falck has built a triangular wooden cabin that has zero emissions and a minimum footprint on Vallisaari, one of the most diverse islands in the Helsinki archipelago.

14 Aug 2018

Dry toilet technology. By , CC BY 2.0,
5 brilliant female engineers changing the sanitation landscape

Lack of sanitation is one of the world's leading development challenges. Globally, around two billion people do not have access to appropriate sanitation and nearly a billion of them do not have any toilet. Provision of a hygienic sanitation solution coupled with regular handwashing and access to clean, drinkable water is known to have marked improvements on community health.

By Dr Sudhir Pillay 13 Aug 2018

Grenfell Tower reimagined as monolithic black concrete memorial
Grenfell Tower reimagined as monolithic black concrete memorial

London-based architecture studio JAA has revealed its proposal for the speculative Grenfell Tower, transforming the tower into a monolithic black concrete memorial dedicated to the victims of the 2017 fire.

13 Aug 2018